Freeman Says Offense Is “Not That Far Away”September 20th, 2013
Joe watched the Bucs game against the Saints, and like most sober and non-sober Bucs fans, Joe was sickened by the ineptitude of Tampa Bay’s offense that scored just seven points.
Yes, the running game was effective, but there was no rhythm to the offense and the missing threats at No. 3 receiver and tight end was glaring.
But Bucs players see things differently. A few days removed from the 16-14 loss, optimism abounds at One Buc Palace. Lakeland Ledger beat writer Rick Brown took notes.
“I think we’re real close,” said Ogletree, who has one catch for 5 yards and a touchdown. “Our approach stays the same. If we come out and work we know it will get clicking. We have some talent on both sides of the ball.
Freeman, who has had to deal with rumors of him wanting to ask for a trade and him not getting along with coach Greg Schiano, admits he is a little frustrated, but not because of the rumors.
“I think the frustration of knowing we’re not that far away; of knowing this offense is capable of scoring a lot more than seven points a game,” Freeman said. “We just have to find a way to stop hurting ourselves, get better on third down and we’ll be just fine.”
Yes, Freeman is correct; the Bucs must get better on third down, and first and second downs, so third down is easier.
The Bucs have scored just three offensive touchdowns through the first two weeks. The “not-that-far-away” offense is going to have to show up immediately.